I joined Curves in middle of June last year. I have lost 25 lbs since I started there, but have lost 37 lbs altogether since this time last year. I was size 16 but am now buying size 12 clothes which is very exciting as I never remember being less than a size 14 in all my adult life. I go 4 times a week straight after work and it takes half an hour to do 3 circuits and then a quick warm down. There are 8 pieces of equipment in our Curves to tone either arms or legs and between each piece of equipment a board that you either can run on the spot, hoola hoop ( I was so rubbish at this when I started and it took me weeks to get the knack of it, but I did) or anything else to keep your heart rate up. Every 30 seconds you are told to move onto the next board / piece of equipment, so even if it is hurting you'll soon move on. You are weighed and have various body measurements taken when you start and then once a month these are all done again and you get a print off to see how you are doing. I think the fact that I get weighed once a month keeps me on the straight and narrow (more or less, although I am not as good as I have been food wise which is why I am a bit stuck weight loss wise at the moment). It costs £35 per month and I think I paid a £59 joining fee. The ladies that run our Curves are really friendly and there are ALL shapes and sizes and age variations. I have never joined any previous gyms as I think I would have been too embarrassed by not being slim enough and possibly looking a bit red in the face after exercising!
I've had friends who rate it because it is -women only -affordable -effective if you do the program properly and regularly -programs are not hugely time consuming -members tend to be 'real women' with 'real bodies' and not slim, gorgeous 20-something gym-bunnies
Looking at that list, i wonder why I haven't joined?